Firewire Midas Review

What the Firewire Surfboards site says about the Midas:

‘The outline of the MIDAS evolved from a few different influences. The tail was inspired by some 80’s twin fins and the wing is positioned right behind the trailing edge of the side fin to create a break point, and to pull the tips of the swallow closer together for maneuverability. The wing also creates more width in front of the fins which generates increased speed.

The nose is a touch wider than your everyday short board but without an ‘eggy’ feel. The wider nose and tail dimensions reduce the curve in the middle of the board which also helps generate speed.

Perhaps the most interesting design feature are the new bottom contours I’ve been working on which I’ve called “BOARD EAT BOARD”. The original concept began years ago when I rode one of George Greenough’s edge boards which led me to a whole new approach to bottom contours and edges.

I made quite a few boards until I finally adopted this new bottom. The general idea is that you have 2 boards working in your favor. The ‘inside’ outline creates a flat bottom concave that runs all the way off the tail, while the two side panels that run down each rail change from concave to flat to Vee, while still maintaining a deep single concave down the middle. The overall effect is increased performance and speed.’

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What people are saying about it:

“If you’re looking for that magic surfboard, a “grab-and-go” stick to fit in-between your groveller and your good wave shortboard… your quest is over. The Midas is a really usable surfboard with more than enough performance for the vast majority of surfers in 90% of the conditions they encounter both at home and on their travels.” – Boardshop

“Rob Machado strikes gold again with the Midas. Drawing influence and inspiration from 80’s twin fins and George Greenough’s Edge boards. The Midas is a nimble little number that’ll work well in the 3-6ft range.” – Down The Line Surf

“The Midas is another one of Rob’s incredible creations and one you should consider if you are looking to jazz up the session. This board is a shortboard by nature but a tad more in the width to help once it bums out. The bottom contours give you added performance and drive making rail to rail surfing more speedy. Mix this up with the tail wings for further drive and here you have a fun shortboard, dare we say, the Midas tou…no let’s not, ok..everything I touch turns to gold, yeah, darlin’.” – Secret Spot

“The result is a fast and maneuverable surfboard, which generate speed even if the wave do not helps.” – Mundo Surf

“Ahhh thats the best board in the world!!! Thanks for letting me ride it @rob_machado_surfboards” – user mocha_frapa on Instagram

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